Lake Silvaplana (German: Silvaplanersee; Romansh: Lej da Silvaplauna) is a lake in the Upper-Engadine valley of Grisons, Switzerland. It takes its name from the village of Silvaplana. The lake is also connected to the nearby Lej da Champfèr. Together with its larger neighbour, Lake Sils, it is among the largest lakes of the Grisons. Lake Silvaplana is overlooked by several mountains over 3,000 metres, notably Piz Corvatsch, Piz Julier and Piz Surlej. The lake's drainage basin culminates at Piz Corvatsch (3,451 m) and comprises several glaciers, the largest being the Vadret dal Tremoggia.
|Lake Silvaplana |
Lej da Silvaplauna
View from the northern shore
|Primary inflows||Inn (named Sela after Lake Sils), Fexbach, Ova dal Valhun|
|Primary outflows||Lake Champfèr (Inn)|
|Catchment area||129 km2 (50 sq mi)|
|Max. length||3.1 km (1.9 mi)|
|Max. width||1.4 km (0.87 mi)|
|Surface area||2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Average depth||48 m (157 ft)|
|Max. depth||77 m (253 ft)|
|Water volume||0.14 km3 (110,000 acre⋅ft)|
|Residence time||c. 250 days|
|Surface elevation||1,790.54 m (5,874.5 ft)|
|Settlements||Sils Maria, Silvaplana|
A campsite is located on the Northern end of the lake. The lake is also used heavily for sports, such as kitesurfing and windsurfing in the summertime. In the winter, once the lake freezes, it is used for cross country skiing, walking trails, and kitesurfing on snow, with the famous Engadin Skimarathon crossing the lake annually. The rare occasion of black ice also brings ice skaters to the lake.
- Media related to Lake Silvaplana at Wikimedia Commons
- Lakes of the Upper Engadine valley in Romansh, German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Waterlevels of Lake Silvaplana at Silvaplana
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